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US Soccer Calls Off National Team Games

The United States Soccer Federation has called off all men’s and women’s national team matches in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federation announced Thursday.

The men were scheduled to play two European-based friendlies at the end of this month, against the Netherlands and Wales, while the women had planned to play US-based games against Australia and Brazil in April.

“With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior Men’s and Women’s National Team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas said in a federation statement.

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USA Gets Set For Gold Cup This Summer

It’s is a big year for the United States men’s national team. With new coach Gregg Berhalter leading the way, the team will play friendlies, the 2019 Gold Cup this summer and also the CONCACAF Nations League in the second half of the year.

The MNT will open the tournament against Gold Cup debutantes Guyana at the already sold-out Allianz Field on June 18 in Saint Paul, Minn.

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Chelsea Sign US International Christian Pulisic

Chelsea have completed the £58million signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and installed their contingency plan in case Eden Hazard leaves in the summer and the Premier League side get hit with a transfer ban from FIFA.

USA international Pulisic will spend the rest of the season at Dortmund before making the switch by which time Hazard have only 12 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were determined to strike early for Pulisic to beat competition from rivals, including Liverpool and Arsenal, and have paid a premium on the price.

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USA and Mexico To Meet On September 11

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team and Mexico will renew their rivalry at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tennessee on September 11.

The USA has met Mexico 67 times, far more than any international opponent. The first page of the USA-Mexico rivalry actually came on neutral ground in Italy in a one-game playoff for the right to represent the region at the 1934 FIFA World Cup. The USA’s 4-2 victory that day in Rome would be its last for 46 years, as Mexico showed considerable dominance in the rivalry.

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USMNT: In Bruce We Trust

Bruce ArenaAs expected US Soccer has named Bruce Arena as the new national team boss, replacing the fired Jurgen Klinsmann.

Arena is the best American coach ever and the 65-year-old former LA Galaxy coach knows what he is getting himself into as he has already been through two World Cup cycles as coach of the U.S. national team.

Not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 is unthinkable for US Soccer, but Klinsmann has put Arena in a difficult situation as the U.S. in last in the CONCACAF Hexagonal group at 0-2-0.

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Could USA Become The Permanent Host Of Copa America?

copa-america-2016Despite the half empty stadiums for some games, ESPN Deportes is reporting that CONMEBOL and CONCACAF are talking about making the Copa America a once-every-four-years tournament to be permanently hosted by the United States.

Apparently discussions have been ongoing for some time, with a CONCACAF spokesman indicating they were close, according to the ESPN Deportes report.

This summer’s tournament, scheduled to mark the 100th anniversary of South America’s championship, includes six teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean and is being hosted outside of the continent for the first time.

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A Real Must-Win Game For USA Tonight

USA-Fans-NewThe USA’s bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup could be over tonight if they fail beat Guatemala in Columbus.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s side is in this situation after Friday night’s shock 2-0 loss in Guatemala. The defeat left the USA in third place in Group C with four points from three matches, having won, drawn and lost once so far.

Trinidad and Tobago top the group with seven points from their three matches with Guatemala in second place on six points. Meanwhile St. Vincent and Grenadines are bottom having lost all three of their matches – conceding 13 times in the process.

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USA and Mexico Name Preliminary Roster Ahead of CONCACAF Playoff

Ahead of the massive USA v Mexico showdown on October 10 at the Rose Bowl, both coaches have announced their 35 and 32-man rosters

For the United States, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary in Klinsmann’s selections. Familiar faces such as Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore are present as is the New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen, who is one of MLS’s hottest players at the moment.

In addition to Dempsey, who missed this month’s friendlies versus Peru and Brazil as he recovered from a hamstring injury, Fabian Johnson and DeMarcus Beasley have also been recalled after missing the two friendlies also.

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Different Venue Same Score: USA 2 Mexico 0

Dos-A-CeroThe USA continued their mastery of their biggest rivals with another 2-0 win over Mexico, the ninth USA victory over Mexico by that score line since 2000.

With Jozy Altidore suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to look at some new attacking options, and youth was well served as youngsters Jordan Morris and scored both goals.

Morris provided some moments of encouragement in an otherwise dull first half between two teams below full strength. Mexico had the best opportunity of the first half, when five minutes before the break Gerardo Flores’s cross to the near post was sent wide by Eduardo Herrera.

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Berti Vogts Handed USA Role – Why?

Berti-VogtsBerti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team, a decision that is totally baffling to me.

Vogts had a storied playing career as he helped then West Germany win the 1974 World Cup. Then as a a coach he guided Germany t0 the UEFA EURO 96 title. But since then it has been all downhill, wirth failed coaching stops in Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

The reason for Voghts being hired is his close relationship with tone deaf US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was captain of the Germany side which won the European Championship under Vogts 19 years ago. Klinsmann is quoted as saying about the Vogts hiring: